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The iMovie ’11 Project Book by Jeff Carlson

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3. Organize Your Video Library

I’m sure you’re itching to start editing in earnest, and by all means jump to the projects ahead if you can’t wait. But hear me out before you leap. Although organizing one’s video library sounds like cleaning your room or making sense of your desk, putting a little time into managing your iMovie library pays dividends later.

A serious challenge in video editing is locating good footage to use. It’s there in your library—you shot it, you know it’s there—hidden among hours of other video. iMovie includes tools to mark good sections, hide clips you’ll never use in a project, and locate people who appear in the scenes. You can also assign keywords to footage, making it possible to display only those clips marked, for ...

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